P. Justice, of Westminster, was born in Pulaski County, Indiana, November 10, 1838. His parents, Jesse and Matilda Justice, were natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and brought up nine children, one having died early in life. They moved to Texas when Perry, the subject of this sketch, was fifteen years of age, that is, in 1853. In 1857 the former moved to San Bernardino County, California, and engaged at work in the pine forests. In 1859 he moved to Azusa and lived there until 1888.
In 1861 the subject of this sketch started in business for himself by taking up a claim, being one of the pioneers who beat Henry Dalton & Co., plaintiffs, in a suit against them. He followed farming until 1879. In 1883 he bought sixty acres, where he now lives, at Westminster, and is prospering well in the business of general farming and stock-raising.
He is an active worker in the cause of education, and has served his district a number of years as trustee. Politically he affiliates with the Republican Party.
In 1869 he married Martha A. Cotman, who was born in San Diego County, a daughter of John and Mary Cotman. Mr. and Mrs. Justice have eight children: Clara, wife of Perry Glines; Martha, Laura, Oliver P., Wiley Wells, Jesse Albert, Roy Cleveland and Rhoda Viola.